Royal insignia struck

Specially designed royal insignia, or rank insignia, for the military uniforms of soon-to-be King Willem-Alexander were struck yesterday at the Koninklijke Begeer BV company in Zeist.

The King will officially relinquish his active military status upon his investiture on 30 April. However, as an honourably discharged former serviceman, he will be allowed to wear a uniform at military events or other suitable occasions. His uniform is based on the uniforms of flag and general officers, but without the usual rank insignia.

Instead, he will wear the royal insignia, consisting of a coat of arms displaying the globus cruciger, the sword of state and the sceptre, affixed where the galloons and epaulettes would be. These are the three symbols of the Monarch’s power. Together, they symbolise the protection and defence (sword) of our territory and the world (globus cruciger) as well as the King’s dignity (sceptre). The crown has expressly not been included in the design, because it is already used in so many other rank and position insignia in the armed forces. Experts in the area of military history and ceremonies collaborated in creating the royal insignia.

Crown Prince Willem-Alexander is commodore of the Royal Netherlands Navy and holds equivalent general officer ranks at the other Services. “In view of the fact that the King is part of the Dutch government, I cannot remain in active military service,” he explained in an interview with the Defensiekrant (Defence News Weekly) in March. “Therefore, I resign but I will continue to show my pride of and connection with the armed forces when I am King.”